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This show closed on November 17, 2019

About Exit Strategies Mish Grigor / APHIDS

Mish Grigor leaves. Again and again and again she leaves the stage, leaves the building, leaves the country. From the repetition, a game emerges. As she attempts (or pretends to attempt) a series of grand exits, her actions become more and more ridiculous, careening from the absurd to the darkly political.

Whether she’s abandoning lovers, childhood dreams or bad restaurants, there’s more to her escape routines than simple flight. Exit Strategies is about escape, change and disappearance. About the privilege of movement. About knowing when your time is up, and sensing when you’ve overstayed your welcome. It’s about wondering if you can go home again, or if you ever really had one. About what happens when the going gets tough (spoiler alert: the tough get going).

After the success of her works Oedipus Schmoedipus and Shamelessly Glitzy Work, Mish Grigor returns to Arts House with her first collaboration with her APHIDS co-directors Lara Thoms and Eugenia Lim. Along with their creative team, they present here a bracingly clever, bleakly funny and deeply angry new theatre work.

Lead artist: Mish Grigor

Dramaturgs: Lara Thoms, Anne Thompson

Visual design and video: Eugenia Lim

Video: Zoe Scoglio

Sound: Nina Buchanan

Supported by – This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; Vital Statistix; UNSW; EMPAC; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; the City of Melbourne; and Arts House.

Run Time

75 mins

Start Date

End Date


Warning: Contains nudity, adult concepts, coarse language, smoking, smoke effects, strobe lighting, loud music

Brilliant… shockingly funny to watch.
The Australian on Oedipus Schmoedipus​
★★★★ brilliant, irreverent
The Age on Ich Nibber Dibber
Provoking, endlessly glib, yet curiously joyous, I’d put money on this being the most divisive show of the year.
Sydney Morning Herald on Oedipus Schmoedipus​

Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall

521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne, VIC 3051

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